By FOX Carolina Staff
COLUMBIA, S.C.The teen who pleaded guilty to killing his 8-year-old neighbor will be transferred from juvenile detention to adult prison later this week.
Sam Young entered a guilty plea in May to involuntary manslaughter and criminal sexual conduct in the 2008 death of Dymia Woody. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for each charge, to be served concurrently.
Woody's body was found in a vacant mobile home in July 2008 after her mother had reported her missing the night before.
The coroners office has said that Woody died from asphyxiation because of a breathing obstruction, and that there were visible signs of sexual assault on her body.
Sam Young enters a Greenville County courtroom on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, before pleading guilty to killing Dymia Woody in 2008.
Investigators charged then-14-year-old Young, who lived in the neighborhood, with murder, criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with Woodys death. They said the decision to arrest the boy was made based on DNA tests.
In August 2009, a judge ruled that jurisdiction for then-16-year-old Young be transferred to General Sessions Court instead of Family Court.
On Friday, the now-17-year-old Young will be transferred out of the custody of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and into the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, officials at the DOC said Wednesday. They said the transfer is due to Young's now-legal age.
DOC officials said that Young will be transferred to Kirkland Correctional Institution where he will be evaluated to determine what level of security he will need to be held under. They said that will determine where Young will serve the remainder of his 25-year prison sentence.
In an exclusive interview with FOX Carolina's Jade Hindmon the day before his arrest, Young said that he had nothing to do with Woody's death.
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